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SSL and TLS: Theory and Practice, Third Edition

SSL and TLS: Theory and Practice, Third Edition

By (author): Rolf Oppliger
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 388
ISBN: 9781685690151

Print Book £109.00 Qty:

Now in its Third Edition, this completely revised and updated reference provides a thorough and comprehensive introduction into the SSL, TLS, and DTLS protocols, explaining all the details and technical subtleties and showing how the current design helps mitigate the attacks that have made press headlines in the past. The book tells the complete story of TLS, from its earliest incarnation (SSL 1.0 in 1994), all the way up to and including TLS 1.3. Detailed descriptions of each protocol version give you a full understanding of why the protocol looked like it did, and why it now looks like it does.


You will get a clear, detailed introduction to TLS 1.3 and understand the broader context of how TLS works with firewall and network middleboxes, as well the key topic of public infrastructures and their role in securing TLS. You will also find similar details on DTLS, a close sibling of TLS that is designed to operate over UDP instead of TCP. The book helps you fully understand the rationale behind the design of the SSL, TLS, and DTLS protocols and all of its extensions. It also gives you an in-depth and accessible breakdown of the many vulnerabilities in earlier versions of TLS, thereby more fully equipping you to properly configure and use the protocols in the field and protect against specific (network-based) attacks.


With its thorough discussion of widely deployed network security technology, coupled with its practical applications you can utilize today, this is a must-have book for network security practitioners and software/web application developers at all levels.

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Information and Network Security
1.1.1 Security Services
1.1.2 Security Mechanisms
1.2 Transport Layer Security
1.3 Final Remarks


Chapter 2 SSL Protocol

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Protocols
2.2.1 SSL Record Protocol
2.2.2 SSL Handshake Protocol
2.2.3 SSL Change Cipher Spec Protocol
2.2.4 SSL Alert Protocol
2.2.5 SSL Application Data Protocol
2.3 Protocol Transcript
2.4 Security Analysis
2.5 Final Remarks


Chapter 3 TLS Protocol

3.1 Introduction
3.1.1 TLS PRF
3.1.2 Generation of Keying Material
3.2 TLS 1.0
3.2.1 Cipher Suites
3.2.2 Certificate Management
3.2.3 Alert Messages
3.2.4 Other Differences
3.3 TLS 1.1
3.3.1 Cipher Suites
3.3.2 Certificate Management
3.3.3 Alert Messages
3.3.4 Other Differences
3.4 TLS 1.2
3.4.1 TLS Extensions
3.4.2 Cipher Suites
3.4.3 Certificate Management
3.4.4 Alert Messages
3.4.5 Other Differences
3.5 TLS 1.3
3.5.1 Handshake Protocol
3.5.2 Key Derivation
3.5.3 Certificate Management
3.5.4 Alert Messages
3.5.5 Other Differences
3.6 HSTS
3.7 Protocol Transcripts
3.7.1 TLS 1.0
3.7.2 TLS 1.2
3.8 Security Analysis
3.9 Final Remarks


Chapter 4 DTLS Protocol

4.1 Introduction
4.2 DTLS 1.0
4.2.1 Record Protocol
4.2.2 Handshake Protocol
4.3 DTLS 1.2
4.4 DTLS 1.3
4.4.1 Record Protocol
4.4.2 Handshake Protocol
4.5 Security Analysis
4.6 Final Remarks


Chapter 5 Firewall Traversal

5.1 Introduction
5.2 SSL/TLS Tunneling
5.3 SSL/TLS Proxying
5.4 Middlebox Mitigation
5.5 Final Remarks


Chapter 6 Public Key Certificates and Internet PKI

6.1 Introduction
6.2 X.509 Certificates
6.2.1 Certificate Format
6.2.2 Hierarchical Trust Model
6.3 Server Certificates
6.4 Client Certificates
6.5 Problems and Pitfalls
6.6 Certificate Legitimation
6.6.1 Public Key Pinning
6.6.2 DNS Resource Records
6.6.3 Distributed Notaries
6.6.4 Certificate Transparency
6.7 Final Remarks


Chapter 7 Concluding Remarks


Appendix A Attacks Against SSL/TLS

A.1 Bleichenbacher Attack
A.1.1 DROWN, ROBOT, and CATs
A.1.2 Kl´ima-Pokorn´y-Rosa Attack
A.1.3 Manger Attack
A.2 Vaudenay Attack
A.5 Renegotiation Attacks
A.6 Compression-Related Attacks
A.7 Key Exchange Downgrade Attacks
A.7.2 Logjam


Appendix B TLS Cipher Suites


Appendix C TLS Extensions

C.1 Overview
C.2 Detailed Explanations


Appendix D Abbreviations and Acronyms

  • Rolf Oppliger Rolf Oppliger leads eSECURITY Technologies, works for the Swiss federal administration, serves as an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of Z¸rich, Switzerland, and is the Information Security and Privacy editor at Artech House. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Berne, Switzerland.
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